Thursday, November 11, 2010

E-volution? By Author Scott Nicholson & Kindle Giveaway

Maybe we should just hold the phone.

I mean, here we are blindly calling this e-thing “progress,” heralding a New Age where every child in the land will have unlimited access to all the words ever written and everything being written as we speak. Plus all the stuff they’ll be writing on their own Kindle/tablet/pad/phone thingy.

Too much information.

Yeah, maybe. And it’s going to be cheap, it’s going to be everywhere,it’s going to be free, it’s going to be worthless, it’s going to create more books than we have time to read. They say the average American reads two books a year. Average out the cost of the typical device and it will take about five years to break even, and that assumes they buy hardcovers.

Even authors can’t make sense of it. While my friend John Everson was hitting #30 on the Nook charts with a 99 cent e-book version of Covenant, he was tweeting about how ebooks are lacking some essential element that prevents them from being a book. I mean, dude! You just got the biggest audience you could expect in your lifetime and you’re seeing a downside?

But maybe he’s right. Maybe all us people who fancy ourselves “real authors” are soon going to be snowed under by people dumping their three-page high-school term papers on the Internet, giving them covers and product pages, and by all appearances providing the same content as a “real author.” After all, besides the sample. all you get is a stamp-sized picture and a description that any decent con artist could polish up.

Maybe this isn’t the beginning of a shiny new era of communication, a time when anyone with a dream can find an audience. Maybe these devices that intimately connect us are really tools of the devil, and our heads are going to explode. Maybe the Illuminati are just waiting to secretly gain control of the publishing industry and print only material that furthers their goals and builds their cover stories. Maybe writers have no chance at making a real go of this business, and all those indie success stories like Karen McQuestion, J.A. Konrath, and David Dalglish will be blips on the radar of publishing history.

Maybe that was as good as it got, and it’s all downhill from here. Quick, all you writers, get back in line in New York. Go sign a publishing contract. Give up control of your content and put yourself at a competitive disadvantage. Hurry, while the indie fad has everyone’s attention and agents actually have time to read your emails. Ignore us idiots who are going to keep on giving our readers cheap, convenient content.

Hee hee.

My new crime thriller Disintegration is a Kindle bestseller, and paranormal mystery As I Die Lying just launched, both for 99 cents for a limited time.

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the thrillers Drummer Boy, Forever Never Ends, The Skull Ring, Burial to Follow ,and October Girls. His revised novels for the U.K. Kindle are Creative Spirit, Troubled, The Gorge, and Solom. He’s also written four comic series, six screenplays, and more than 60 short stories. His story collections include Ashes, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Flowers. His web site is

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free e-books to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter. Thanks for playing. Complete details at

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  1. Great post!


  2. Interesting... I think the public will get a lot more writing that would have otherwise been filtered out by the gatekeepers (otherwise known as agents/editors/etc), but I think eventually, we'll all get used to the electronic format. True indie artists (here meaning, great writers who for one reason or another just don't fit with mainstream publishers) are going to have opportunities that they might not have otherwise had, but I don't think publishing will collapse. The iPod revolutionized the way we listen to music, and yeah, there is a lot of crap music out there on the internets, but I'm sure someone somewhere likes it and the rest of us have learned to filter it out. The big hits are still pretty much brought to us by the labels.


  3. Lol great post. I love that all these new books are available on ereaders like Kindle and at such a reasonable price making them accessible to more of us readers. I downloaded about 4 of Scotts books last month. Speed Dating With The Dead is next on my to read list.

  4. Thanks for sharing today! Another great post.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  5. Great post, I'm still undecided on this topic...

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  6. oooh! a kindle! XD


  7. I think it's so "cool" to be against the new big borgeouis (sp?) thing. E-books are less intellectual, in the minds of many hipsters. People who love Twilight or DaVinci Code are unintelligent. Children who read comic books will ruin their minds. People who listen to Taylor Swift as opposed to Radiohead are mindless drones.
    Seriously? If you like reading, an e-reader is a great vessel. It's still a book. Just like listening to an audio book is still a book. Any kind of reading is "cool," no matter what form it takes.
    alisoncanread at gmail dot com

  8. I am liking the e-book thing, but I never even thought about someone using it to put non-books out. I'm going to have to be careful what I purchase. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  9. Seriously, why do we question everything? It's a major fault we humans have.

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  10. I predict that with easy electronic publishing more people will be publishing, and authors whom the publishing industry has not given a chance will be able to find out for themselves whether or not there is an audience for their work. Who knows, it may lead to authors getting discovered whose work would otherwise just have mouldered away in storage somewhere. Good thing, but of course not everyone has your savvy for self-advertising, Scott.

  11. Scott, count me in for the Kindle!
    I have to go head is going to explode.

  12. Yeah, books are e-volving. My biggest complaint with ereaders concerns the attitude of the publishers. Instead of embracing e-volution as a way to sell more books than ever, they have decided to use it as a way to make more profit per book than ever before. Obviously the Indies are not part of the insidious plot, yet. But what if a technology took charge, such as the patent for email on the Blackberry. We could be forced to pay a monthly fee just to use our ebooks.

  13. Well, nobody really knows what's going to happen. So, I'm going to work on my next novel and perhaps by the time I finish, we'll use electronic carrier pigeons to distribute our works.
    Brave new e-world.

  14. There certainly seems to be a need for better gatekeepers. Amazon just pulled a controversial book off their virtual shelves that probably never should have been "published" in the first place. If you get enough mud in the water, it becomes unconsumable.

    inannajourney at gmail dot com

  15. I love my kindle. I read your "Drummer Boy" on it and am discovering/reading other authors I wouldn't have otherwise.

    Looking forward to publishing my own thriller as ebook soon.

    Want to win a kindle for my wife.

  16. Alison, you had me really upset there for a few sentences.

    Scott, say it ain't so. Just another way for "the man" to get us? I acknowledge that weeding through the dross will be difficult for the individual, but I am relying more and more on what I hear through people like you and Stephen Windwalker. I like the way that Amazon is offering free downloads of authors' books to give us a taste for their works. I have often, now, started with a free book and then gone in and purchased all the books I could get away with (I think I own most of Kim Harrison's, Hollows books now). I have also used Stephen Windwalker's Kindle Nation Shorts (contact at and they come out about once a week, a pace that I can handle pretty well. Most of the blogs we have been visiting do exactly this service for us rather slow readers and I think that they are the ones being approached by authors to do the reviews. I have liked visiting these blogs and plan to spend some of my future time taking my time with them.

    If we work together, it's going to be OK.

    Jeff White....

  17. I've been using my Kindle for only six weeks and I've already bought/downloaded more works of free and low-cost fiction than I've read in the last ten years. (My reading in that time has been predominantly non-fiction.) Not sure how long it will take me to read them all, since I continue to read non-fiction simultaneously, but the journey will be fun and exciting.

  18. I look forward to reading Disintegration

  19. I have company for the next 4 days here to help me get my house ready to rent, so I don't have time for my usual Scott Nicholson tell-alls (and there are sooooo many scandalous and sordid stories to share).

    I will say, however, that I am actually dreading the e-publishing revolution. I really DO believe all sorts of would-be writers will coming crawling out from under their rocks and e-publish themselves. O' the horror of it all.

    Why am I dreading it so? Because I've alreayd experienced more of it than I ever wanted to. Scott, I think I've already told you the story of one of my (traditiaonally)published writer friends who wasn't that good...and wrote a lot of other books that were never picked up. So, he self-published, e-published them. Yikes!

    As his friend (and no, just for anyone reading this, I am NOT talking about Scott. I tease him a lot, but really...would I be here if I didn't like him? I mean, despite the huge sums of money his family pays me to be his friend?), I read several of his books. They were god-awful! They were so full of typos, run-on sentences, subject-verb errors, etc. He would seemingly write and not bother to edit and just publish as is. And he STILL does this.

    One of his books was optioned by a firm for publication if he could get it professionally edited. He came crawling to me to do the work. UGH! It was awful and I literally rewrote the whole book line by line. The whole chore was even more complicated because it was one of his books I had already read and I knew just how BAD it was going in. (How it was optioned for publication i will never know...)

    From just reading his work alone, I cringe at the idea of anyone being able to e-publish. I am sure there is a lot of untapped talent out there...but I'm also sure there is a hell of a lot more "talent" that should NEVER see the light of day.


  20. Your post is great, I am still in two minds about Kindle but nevertheless...I won't win anyway.

  21. great, thanks!!

  22. I think you make some valid points, but in the long run, I think consumers will still be able to tell the difference between well written work and junk. For me, it's the reason to buy Kindle books vs. certain other sources, because I can get a better handle on the quality of the work.

    lee dot daniel dot r at gmail dot com

  23. OOOHHH!! I love me a good conspiracy theory!

    dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net


  25. Another entry for me! Thanks Scott.
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

  26. Just started Disintegration so far great.

  27. I think that the important thing is getting people to read your stories, no matter the format.

    Chris Einhaus

  28. Oh heck, I'll read anything as long as there's something to read. A Kindle would just make it easier to read more. lol
    So, on that note, count me in for a Kindle! :D


  29. great post! I'd love to win also
    ....Tiffypoot @ (

  30. I don't think real authors like yourself need to worry about your sales being affected by the fact that anyone can publish an eBook. Quality counts, that's why there are ratings and reviews right? I think eBooks are a great way for talented authors who haven't been recognized by the publishing industry to be successful.

  31. I think Pandora's box has been opened and there's no closing it. Just like the music industry, indies will take the day and the establishment will get on the bandwagon or go under.

    My sons are a great example. They started a band with some friends at the beginning of summer. They've had 2 paying gigs, for the first one, they sold 50 tickets, for the second one, 150 tickets. They recorded and produced their own CD in our basement with $100 software, have a MySpace site, and made up some T-Shirts. They may have a chance to open for one of the biggest bands in their genre. In less than 6 months.

    The same kind of thing is happening with indie authors - publishing your books yourself, doing your own marketing through blogs, and creating a closer relationship with your readers.

    It is the future.

  32. Oh yeah, and my entry:


  33. Another interesting post.

    Nadine stacypilot at yahoo dot com

  34. one of the great things about ebooks is that you can usually download a sample to read and if the author really does stink up the place, or the book just doesn't seem to be your cup of tea, just don't purchase. I love being able to get a sample on my kindle in seconds, where in the past I would have read the jacket and back cover and hoped for the best :) One thing about this blog tour, I am invested now in a more personal way and will read more of Scotts' books because of that.

  35. The average person only reads 2 books a YEAR?! I read at least 3 a week, usually!
    I know that I worry a bit about taking self published ebooks for review because there are a few horrible ones out there. I do believe in giving everyone a chance though and I think it's great that people are writing, I think editing needs to be taken care of a little bit more thoroughly in some cases, is all. But the majority that I've read so far are just as good as the ones published by big names.
    candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

  36. I hope e-books are here to stay! Great post.

  37. Once again, words of wisdom from Scott!

    Armand Rosamilia

    Author of "Highway To Hell" extreme zombie novella

  38. I am all about the e-book. I can't haul 20 books with me when I'm away from home traveling for a couple weeks. But I can store 200+ on an kindle type device.

  39. LOL - excellent post Scott.

    calseeor (at) gmail (dot) com

  40. teawench at gmail dot com
    That is all.

  41. Another entry for me! Thanks Scott.
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

  42. I hope it's not all downhill from here!
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  43. ah, no pictures!

  44. Maybe maybe maybe....

    nedsped at verizon dot net

  45. Great Contest!!

    monacart32 at hotmail dot com

  46. ebooks are here to stay and authors like you will rise to the top rather than having the publishers dictate to us which authors are better, as if "they" know!

  47. Interesting post. Time will tell who's right, Scott or Scott?

    Wakincade AT gmail DOT com

  48. Hmmm..... Two opposing

  49. I love all the cheaper ebooks---I can buy way more of them!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  50. I'm just glad your stuff is available for download at B&N now. I'm a Nook user and can't read Kindle books. But if I won a Kindle I would start using it instead.

  51. I'm hoping that it just encourages people to read more, and let more authors publish their own work. Publishing companies don't have to send out as many reject letters if they don't need to worry about the cost of prinitng books.


  52. Of course another great posting! Of course it will allow for many to publish that have no business publishing, but it is much like American Idol...there will be the small handful of talent that will be discovered via the non-traditional venue!

    Thanks again Scott!

  53. I love the portability of ebooks as well as the world of Indies it has opened me up to! I love all the new authors I've discovered (you included) that I never would have known about without my beloved Kindle... great post!!

    emilyking630 at yahoo dot com

  54. Let's hear it for the Indie fad!! Though I will take a pass on reading any of those term papers,lol.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  55. Hee hee. Yeah, I'm ready to dispose of my Kindle.



  56. Thanks for the chance to win!

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

  57. i wonder how the electronic will affect that reading avg? i think it could increase it greatly. to have inexpensive books available in a techy way, may increase the juvenile readers, too.
    hancoci_s at msn dot com

  58. I'd love to have a Kindle, but i must agree that ebooks just don't seem as real to me as the paper sort. Ebooks can be deleated and gone forever, while paper books will be in the town library forever. Just a thought...

  59. This book sounds very good to me!
    iloveegypt602 at yahoo dot com

  60. Great post, Scott. I am not too worried about the fact that anyone now can self-publish. We'll eventually adapt to the e-publishing world and start filter out works of poor quality. That in turn will discourage crappy authors from continuing to publish their work because they won't be bringing in enough money to support themselves. Ebooks are here to stay. And, don't worry, Scott I believe you are here to stay as well. You're a great writer. You got your own audience and fans. Great writers don't go that easy. :)


    conrad.jd (at) gmail (dot) com

  61. It's true, there are some atrocious self-published works out there. But, there are also some that are even better than most traditionally published best sellers.

    I think the e-book revolution is about authors refusing to continue getting screwed while publishers charge outragous prices and line their pockets.

  62. Excellent post Scott, hope you are enjoying the book tour and I love the way you write. I love ebooks, even reading them on my little phone is easy and convenient.

  63. eBooks are here to stay...adapt or die.

    jamesemr (at) gmail (dot) com

  64. I would love to be entered. Thanks


  65. I would LOVE a Kindle DX. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! :)

    P.S. Click on my name for my contact info. ;)

  66. Thanks for the great giveaway, Scott!

  67. I have to disagree on these days being an “indie revolution.” Indie publishing has been around forever. Ebooks have been around for ages. Even e-reader devices. It was only the Kindle that started making e-reading popular.

    A few years back writers were laughed at for going it alone. Now it seems writers who back then had contracts--who now no longer have them due to various reasons--are self-publishing and calling it good. Not directed at you, Scott. You know me better than that. But I thought it a topic worth talking about, perhaps even as an idea for a future post of yours. Isn’t this really just a case of “the shoe being on the other foot”?

    Coscomentertainment [at] gmail [dot] com

    POSSESSION OF THE DEAD and ZOMBIE FIGHT NIGHT (and others) for just TWO BUCKS at the Amazon Kindle store. Grab your copies here!

  68. I'd love to win a kindle! Thanks for the blog tour and chance to win.
    Tana Cox
    chillbabie at hotmail dot com

  69. I think there are a lot of people out there who will argue that ebooks are just as real and viable as paperbacks and hardcovers.


  70. As much as I want an e-reader (as I'm behind and don't own one yet) I still prefer print books.

  71. Too much information and too many choices are so confusing. Librarians can help!

  72. Great Post.
    I Love Lots of Choices
    I'm Hoping to get a Kindle for X-mas time Here is Keeping My fingers Crossed

  73. Thanks for the lovely post! :)

    You can reach me at

  74. I enjoyed the post and look forward in reading more.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  75. Another great post!

    dreamer dot ima at gmail dot com

  76. I love ebooks. :)

  77. Two books a year? Maybe that is what is so great about e-books - I average 3 books a week - and I know most of my friends that have e-readers are also reading books at an astonishing rate.

  78. I would love to win a Kindle so I can carry my books without alot of fuss. But still like the real thing, paper books.
    Great post Scott. I am still following you and I really, really do want to win one of the Kindles.

    Thanks for this opportunity to enter again.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  79. Well we know there are pros and cons, I guess if you think the cons outweight the pros don't get a kindle right?
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  80. Thanks Scott, for coming to this blog as part of your blog tour. I much appreciate it! Hope you see that the number of followers is growing :)

    I will be posting a review of your book soon here, so those of you who are curious about Scott's writing can stop back in a week!

    I always have and will continue to be a fan of books, no matter what format I read in.
    Content is King!

  81. Wonderful, informative post Scott!

    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

  82. Hee Hee
    Gail in Florida
    cowgirl3000 AT gmail DOT com

  83. The Illuminati ALREADY control the publishing industry! Haven't you been paying attention?


    Twitter: MachineTrooper

  84. Love it!

    Joe F.

  85. There are days when I feel like a caveman stepping out of the primordial ooze, only to see everyone else has already discovered fire and the wheel, as this digital age kicks into high gear.


  86. wow. . to think, I could post my school assignment paper and actually have people think of me as an author. . . LOL right, I think that they'd know the difference.

    jessangil at gmail dot com


  87. Entering the contest!

  88. Ah, you are playing devil's advocate. Actually an appropriate role. Yes, the question of quality always comes up when dealing with the self published. They haven't been vetted by the publishing houses. How can we be sure they are any good? The flood gates will be opened and just anything can be printed and called a good book. As with anything else, do your research before you buy. It will be worth it in the end.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  89. Thanks!
    Emily ebdye1(at)gmail(dot)com

  90. I already got skunked by a an "e-book" which, on Amazon, passed itself off as a Halloween anthology -- so I spent $0.99 to get it -- planning to write a blog post about it last October.

    It turned out to be a "book" of short reports of "actual" experiences with ghosts and hauntings. It was also more a chapbook length than book length. It wasn't fiction. It wasn't reliable. It wasn't anything I could use on my blog.

    Right now that kind of shenanigans does concern me but I suspect that as we move further into this golden e-book age, we'll find systems to put in place to help prevent this kind of thing from happening . . . like book bloggers!

    Thanks for the contest,
    Greg "The Undead Rat" Fisher

    theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

  91. @fakesteph that's a chicken-and-egg argument--the record labels pump out hits because most people are lazy and like to be told what to consume...we all have discovered stuff that most people won't listen to but works for us

    @slowestbookworm Hope you enjoy the books!

    @lexi well put

    @bibliophile and also some bestsellers will decline because of the competition that shows up their flaws

    @jeff yes, bloggers will play a big role in the coming era

    @monster I always compare the bad ebooks with all the bad web sites and pages out there--do you even KNOW they exist? You have to go looking for them, but they are easy to find if that's what you are looking for

    @anachronist way to keep a positive attitude!

    @jessica I am not worried--if I give readers what they want they pay me. Fair trade.

    @candace you probably hang out with readers, but really...go to Walmart and look around...

    @canadell I am loyal to Amazon since they sponsored this tour but the Nook is really cool, too!

    @emily I disagree--libraries get rid of books ALL the time! They either wear out or get dumped when their circulation numbers go down. It's just a slower cycle than a bookstore but it IS a cycle! But ebooks, they really are forever...until the next magnetic pulse

    Glad to see all the new visitors to the tour

    Scott Nicholson

  92. Spanish Moss, use to love that stuff as a kid. I think eventually all that excess stuff will get weeded out and the talented authors will be able to shine.

  93. I'm always amazed that folks making money off of e-book sales don't recognize their own success in the market. As a reader, though, I'm happy to see folks making it independently.

    alipkin (at) gmail (dot) com

  94. While I still love paperback, I love ebooks the easy access. the instant gratification and no lines to get my fave author.

  95. I love to write. But, putting my writings online to look like a book? I don't think so. That's what blogs and journals are for. I'm not going to pretend that I am an author. LOL I'll leave that to the "real" authors. Too many are being overlooked.
    As for reading 2 books a year... I devour books. I usually read between 20-30 books a year. I purchase about 90% of those books. The rest are either borrowed or given to me as gifts.

  96. Wow long beard! ; )

  97. Looks like someone is having fun with fun fur yarn!

    Nadine stacypilot at yahoo dot com

  98. Seems to me there are still too many attempts to make the current book publishing format fit the digital age. Why not try a more multi-media approach - for instance a murder mystery where the reader can click a link wiyhin the story to check out a "picture" of the crime scene - making it more interactive, getting the reader more involved (or at least embracing the technology available). There's also the pricing model - why not go with shorter books at more reasonable prices (think pulp era) then make more stories based on demand.

    As mentioned a number of times, interesting subject for discussion.

  99. Great, thought provoking post, as usual! I try to stay optimistic about the publishing industries and the indie phenom, but after hearing that us Americans read an average of only 2 books per year, I'm not so sure! That is absolutely appalling. I'm very distressed by that statistic. Shame on us!


  100. I'm hopeful that the new technology will encourage more people to read. I find the shocking statistic that the average American reads only two books per year quite alarming. I wonder what the statistic is for Canadians...

    My contact info is sweetbrier at shaw dot ca Thanks for the great contest! :)

  101. Thanks for enetering, everyone, entries here closed at 101 but keep on entering at later stops. Thanks for hosting, Deepali!

    @erica, sara, jim Yes, it's a great era either way--lots of opportunities.

    @nanny, adam yes it's certainly an easy era for connecting readers and writers


  102. As the White Rabbit said, "I'm late. I'm late. For a very important date. No time to say "Hello." Goodbye. I'm late, I'm late, I'm late."

  103. Go Indies

  104. Awesome that you can have funny and corny pics of yourself. :)
    dorcontest at gmail dot com


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